First published in politandstuff.com
Campaigns that have not garnered much news this year are the backbone of the judiciary. Despite their interest in controversial judicial elections, the election Buffalo News avoided approval. Ethical restrictions on mandatory and reasonable judicial candidates do not allow them to be fully and adequately involved.
This makes peer review very important in forensic races. In the WNY area, there are four bar associations that appoint committees whose members carefully review the qualifications of judicial candidates, evaluate candidates, and try to disclose their ratings.
In this year’s Supreme Court contest, only one of the two candidates nominated Amy Martoche’s lawyers ’union (Democrats, working families) for the investigation. Another candidate, Gerald Greenan (Republican, Conservative, Independence), chose not to even ask for ratings from any of these organizations. In 2019, Greenanne asked the Erie County Lawyers Association for the same office rating, but then withdrew. Then his rating was “Not Recommended” which may explain why he left the process this year. Last year, Greenan lost the election.
It should be noted that Greenan’s failure to request a rating of bar associations. The public should have fair and impartial guidance from lawyers who can provide invaluable insights into the qualifications, tastes, and abilities of candidates in the eyes of their colleagues and judges. Fair, impartial, knowledgeable, intelligent, and hardworking judges are more important than ever in today’s polarized environment.
Greenan’s supporters have suggested that there is political bias in the association’s rankings, but they choose to be highly praised by the Erie County Bar Association.
Buffalo City Court Judge Amy Martoche has established and now runs the Center for Human Trafficking for the entire West New York City Court, and will benefit throughout the region while maintaining its full City Court calendar. Judge Martoche received high marks from the Eri and Niagara Bar Associations for “Good Skills,” the Minority Bar Association, and “Excellent,” and the Women’s Bar Association. He has also been endorsed by 15 unions and other community organizations, including Buffalo Police and Sheriff PBAs in Erie County. The Jamestown Post Journal and the Dunkirk Observer also support his choice.
By the way, there are two other judicial elections in Erie County. Kelly Brinkworth has been nominated to the Family Court without competition. Kenneth Case is not running for re-election to the district court.
Niagara County has held a controversial election for a district court judge. Current district attorney Caroline Wojtaszek is running as a candidate for the Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Independence and SAM. She is challenged by Michael Benedict, a conservative candidate, working-class family and a libertarian. The website of the Niagara Bar Association does not report on the ratings of its candidates in this election.
One more point
Greenan’s TV commercial begins with news clips about the burning and robbery (and then shows him coming out of the Art Gallery.) Maybe Greenan has decided to try to intimidate the viewer into believing he’s serious about the crime. This is of course an avoidance of other judicial propaganda that only focuses on the qualifications of the candidates. By the way, the majority, if not most of the judges of the Supreme Court, preside over civil cases and do not interfere in criminal cases.
Criminal video is common among Republicans in 2020, although there has been no attempt to explain its direct link to the search office. Other Republican candidates, including Ed Rat, who is running for the U.S. Senate and Stephen Michael in his congressional race, have used it this year as well, like a dog whistle that I think send a message.
Ken Crowley writes about politics and other things politandstuff.com. You can visit his site and write a comment about this message.